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"One of the most memorable and emotional books I've read"

Having just paid off the debt on her family home, Clershing, Sarah Ashton is on her way to London to see her solicitor after she receives a letter stating that there is a challenge to her ownership. On the way they are delayed by the discovery of another body, the thirteenth to be found drained of blood. After hearing the description of the suspected murder, Sarah cannot help but wonder if the man at the edge of the crowd is, in fact, the murderer. Seeing his hard, unforgiving eyes and a face that is both attractive and equally repellant, she is sure that he could kill. As he disappears into the darkness, Sarah dismisses the idea, but the memory of the man isn't as easy to forget. Then she sees him a few hours later at a party and she learns that this is the man that challenges her ownership of Clershing.

Julien Davinoff, vampire, has seen times change, loved women and watched wars fought and won through the ages. Growing up a long time ago in what is now known as Bath, the land that Clershing rests on used to be his. Through the years he has come back to stash the paintings, jewels and other items that he's acquired through the ages. After getting to know Sarah, Julien surprises himself by not pressing the issue of ownership and giving his word that he will not renege. The story is just beginning though, because he is accused of the murders and then kidnapped and suffers a horrible nightmarish existence that Sarah rescues him from. Slowly but surely, Sarah steals into his heart, but their love isn't destined to be. Knowing the adverse effects, he will not change another person to vampire and Sarah doesn't have to courage to go through life getting older while Julien stays the same. They are at a crossroads and Julien decides that he must move on, leaving Sarah to a normal life.

SACRAMENT, a Regency gothic, is a fantastic novel with a dark and tortured hero, a heroine who learns to be strong enough to fight for what she wants and an absolutely heart- wrenching third act that had me "this" close to sobbing. The emotions break through the pages and you cannot help but feel the desperation, anger, wanting and all the other myriad emotions. The characters are flawed, making them much more believable and likeable because of it. Sarah is a great heroine; she grew the most in the story and I really like seeing heroines who stick up for themselves and for what they believe in without being silly or foolish. Talking about asinine characters, Sarah has a friend, Corina who is spoiled, manic and delusional -- she's a character that you'll love to hate. I would have liked Corina to have not been in the story, I realize that she creates conflict and tone, but I still wished that the author had used a different catalyst, or given Corina more depth and dimension.

SACRAMENT offers it all - vampires, mystery, torture, sacrifice, desperation and most of all, a love that you will follow to the ends of the Earth, a love that you would die for. This is one of the most memorable and emotional books I've read this year...or last!

Thea Candee Copyright 2002
For PNR Reviews

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 16, 2002

SUMMARY

What if the man you loved was a vampire? How would you find the courage to embrace the darkness? Sarah Ashton, Lady Clevancy, is sure she is a very ordinary person in a very ordinary Regency England. When her life is invaded by a mysterious stranger, the long lost owner of the ruined abbey adjacent to her ancestral lands now accused of serial murder, she should be appalled, rather than fascinated. But she finds herself saving the devil himself from danger, and falling in love in the process. Her love will lead her across Europe, to the edge of eternity.

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Sacrament
(The Companion: Prequel)
by Susan Squires

Love Spell
March 1, 2002
Available: March 1, 2002
ISBN #0505524724
EAN #9780505524720
368 pages
Paperback
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Susan Squires

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A Twist In Time
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One With the Darkness
One With the Shadows
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The Burning
The Hunger
The Companion
No More Lies
The Only One
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